Day 2

Angela's Ashes Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does McCourt's style of storytelling influence the way you understand the story?

    McCourt both fully inhabits a child's point of view and uses language that is consistently poetic and honest. There's something slightly unreal, given the poetic nature of the prose, and yet completely real, given how true he is to the perspective, about the story. Why do students think McCourt chose to write about his childhood in this way? Do they find it convincing, believable, frustrating, precious? What in the prose makes them feel that way?

  2. 2

    The St. Vincent de Paul Society men consider the McCourts' home a desperate case, but as we see in the subsequent chapters, there are other...

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